And the least impressive rookie this preseason was—Damon Harrison.
Damon Harrison was awarded the third defensive tackle job—he beat out veteran tackle Martin Tevaseu.
However, Harrison didn't show me anything spectacular during the preseason; he simply beat out someone that performed poorer than he did.
As the tackle, your job is to clog up holes and prevent the running back from coming up the middle. If it's a pass play, then the tackle must break through and get the QB to scramble outside into the defensive ends' arms.
Harrison couldn't do that too well—he was just too slow, which could be blamed on his bad knees—but regardless, his performance was disappointing all the way up until the final week of the preseason.
The defensive tackle had one good preseason game, but before the game against the Philadelphia Eagles, Harrison was just an undrafted name on the roster with two tackles. One good game won't spark your career; it's the consistency that will leave an organization impressed.
The Jets have two established tackles listed ahead of Harrison—Sione Po'uha and Kenrick Ellis—so it's hard for me to believe that he'll see too much field time, not to mention that Harrison has had four knee injuries in the past which contribute to his lazy style of play.
Harrison just doesn't have the explosive step that Po'uha has, nor do we see the fire in his eyes as we do with Ellis. Even the DT knows that he might not make it to Week 1 if he continues to fail expectations.
In an article on NJ.com from Mike Vorkunov, the tackle had this to say:
“I’m not going to say I made it, I know I haven’t, but I’m just fighting that human impulse to relax,” he said today. “I just tell myself everyday, ‘You about to get cut.’ That keeps me working hard.”
Working hard is a great start to impressing the fans of New York, but having that translate to success for the Jets is what we really want, and you can't be too sure that Harrison can impress under that kind of pressure.